Museum @ Black Hills Institute, Hill City

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Everything Prehistoric is the gift shop of the Black Hills Institute. The Museum holds the collection of the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research.
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  • It's a fun place to go through with your admission price able to get you in there as many times as you'd like to in a year.  more »
  • I visited the museum back in July. Hill City, although one of the more touristy and less intresting towns in the Black Hills, is still worth a stop to visit this great museum. The exhibits are cool an...  more »
  • entertaing to the max, best keep secret, great for the whole family.lots and lots to see here. don't miss it  more »
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  • This museum was the reason we vacationed in South Dakota. We're incredibly big fans of Peter from the Emmy award winning documentary Dinosaur 13 (if you haven't seen it you must!) In hindsight we should have planned this vacation outside of the "field season" as we would have loved to meet Peter, but he was in Montana excavating a raptor when we visited. His Twitter account is updated regularly if you want to plan your visit better than we did. This museum is the direct result of an extreme passion. The collection of fossils, dinosaur and other fossilized bones is breathtaking. We visited Sue in Chicago and were even more impressed with Stan. We would recommend a trip to the Museum of Geology BEFORE your visit here. Their collection of rocks, gems and minerals is better, but this museum is far superior in every other way. In my opinion it is also better than the Field Museum in Chicago and is the true home of Sue no matter what any court decided.
  • Awesome paleontology finds and work! It isn't very large but it isn't expensive either. Plus, it has an incredible amount of dinosaurs in a small space. Would probably fill three rooms plus gift shop if the museum wasn't space-limited. Pete Larson is a wonderful person and I also highly recommend "Dinosaur 13" which is the story of how Pete and his team discovered "Sue" and the trials and tribulations resulting from that awesome discovery.
  • Worth going into take a look! Bigger than you think great displays great people working there lots of knowledge they are the ones that found the original Sue
  • Love archeology? Be sure to check this museum out. Plenty to see, and the workers are happy to tell you all kinds of interesting stuff about dinosaur bone findings, etc. The gift shop really stands out amongst the rest as having a lot of neat unique items, too.
  • This is a very good museum. It's only two rooms - gift store and main exhibit, but both halves are very good. I went with my parents. The tickets are $7.50 per adult but are annual passes, so if you're a local or a fossil buff you could theoretically re-use them. The highlight of the place is the world class fossil collection. They have Stan, the second most complete T-Rex, a number of other massive dinosaurs, smilodons, ammonites, giant sea monsters, and creepy squid plants. Would recommend

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